On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 1884

  • May 4 Maria Anna of Savoy, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary and Bohemia, dies at 80
  • May 7 Judah P. Benjamin, 3rd Confederate States Secretary of State and 2nd Confederate States Secretary of War, dies at 72
  • May 9 Hermanus Willem Witteveen, Dutch theologist, dies at 69
  • May 12 Bedrich Friedrich Smetana, Czech composer (2 Widows), dies at 60

Person of interestCyrus McCormick

May 13 Cyrus McCormick, American inventor and businessman (mechanical reaper), dies at 75

Inventor of the Mechanical Reaper Cyrus McCormick
Inventor of the Mechanical Reaper
Cyrus McCormick
  • May 17 Louis Brassin, composer, dies at 43
  • May 22 William T. Wofford, Brigadier General (Confederate Army-American Civil War), dies at 59